Sometimes I feel like I am preaching to the choir, but I plan to continue preaching!
As I have thought about whether another Tet is possible, if we would recognize one, and how one could come about I thought it necessary to reemphasize the feeling of much of the media and most of the left.
You see, there is a large part of the left (which EVERY study I have seen includes most of the media (68% voted Kerry-25% Bush)) believe war should never be an option. Never! They think that by showing the horror that is war that we will give up and find a better, more nuanced, even European solution - you know, the flaccid military option.
The problem they have is that the majority of Americans, including some that voted for Kerry, know that war is a dirty ugly business! War is hell, we know that. But we also know that war is sometimes the best choice available when given the options. In other words, hell, or a worse option.
We didn't choose this war. Even if your short sighted enough to feel that Iraq isn't a front in the war on terror you need to remember that Saddam started this war in 1991. The story that things changed for the President, as it did for many of us, made the status quo - kick the can down the road philosophy that was the policy of our government for most of the 1990's.
Do I think another Tet is possible? If we hadn't been attacked on 9/11, perhaps. It is still possible that the media will tailor their anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-military, anti-American message in a way that could lead to Americans turning on the media and government as happened following Tet, but I doubt they can wrap their minds around the feeling most Americans know in their bones - that this war on terror is necessary in order to preserve our very way of life.
This inherent understanding most Americans have is why I wondered if a Tet could work by inflaming an entire religion. This is what the Islamic fascists want and this is the opening Newsweek gave them.
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